Peace is coming to Europe, in the form of a coin, at least.
The Monnaie de Paris on Feb. 2 will issue a circulating
commemorative €2 coin marking the 70th anniversary of peace after
World War II. The same theme is being honored by seven different mints
in the annual Europa Star coin program, the French Mint announced, but
full details are not yet available.
The obverse of the circulating commemorative coin from France shows
the two-letter ISO country code of all European Union member nations,
above a dove carrying an olive branch formed from 12 stars indicating
the original members of the EU.
The design appears at the center of the ringed-bimetallic coin and
is surrounded by the 12-star border common to all €1 and €2 coins.
The reverse of the coin carries the common map design.
The coin will be legal tender throughout the eurozone, which
currently consists of 19 countries.
Each eurozone member is allowed to issue as many as two circulating
commemorative €2 coins annually, but not every nation issues the full
amount, or any at all. Joint programs, like the one in 2012 marking
the 10th anniversary of the euro in circulation, do not count toward
The €2 coin is a ringed-bimetallic piece, with a copper-nickel ring
surrounding a nickel-brass core. The coin weighs 8.5 grams and
measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
The overall mintage limit of the French coin, including those to be
issued for circulation, is 4 million coins, according to an announcement in the Official Journal of the
Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated versions of the copper-nickel coin
are being issued, with a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces each, but full
details about pricing are not yet available.
To learn more or order the coins, visit the page at the Monnaie de
Paris’s e-shop dedicated to €2 coins.
Coin World will continue reporting on the Europa Star (or
European Coin program) as details become available.
MORE COVERAGE OF 2015 EURO COINS:
Germany plans €2 coin for German
Eight years late, Lithuania set to adopt euro
beginning in 2015
Spain’s cave art of Altamira on 2015 circulating
Slovenia honors Roman city of Emona on 2015 coin
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